Clarios expanding Oconee County operations

May 23, 2024

Approximately $16 million investment will create 12 new jobs


  • Clarios is expanding operations in Oconee County.
  • The company will invest approximately $16 million and create 12 new jobs.
  • Clarios is a global leader in advanced battery solutions.
  • The Clarios manufacturing facility is located at 1204 Old Walhalla Highway in West Union, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Clarios team should visit the company’s careers page.

Clarios, a global leader in advanced battery solutions, today announced it is expanding operations in Oconee County. The company will invest approximately $16 million and create 12 new jobs.

The 9,000-square-foot expansion will include infrastructure improvements and new, high-tech molding and assembly equipment to increase production of important components for advanced batteries at Clarios’ plant located at 1204 Old Walhalla Highway in West Union.

  • Based in Glendale, Wisconsin, Clarios is a leading battery manufacturer, producing over 150 million advanced, low-voltage batteries for the mobility industry each year.
  • One of 16 U.S. operations, the Oconee County facility produces component parts for Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries which are critical for use in new automotive technologies.
  • Every vehicle, including hybrid and fully electric models, requires a reliable low-voltage energy source to power essential systems and functions, a growing array of new technologies, and enhanced in-cabin experiences.
  • Operations are expected to be online in January 2025.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Clarios team should visit the company’s careers page.

“As Clarios continues to grow our AGM battery business, we are excited to expand our footprint in Oconee County, and to welcome new employees to this site. The components we make at this facility are critical to supporting the future of transportation, and our decision to expand production here, speaks to the high quality of this workforce.”

-Clarios President of U.S. and Canada Gerardo Gonzelez-Aleu

“We are pleased to see Clarios thriving and expanding in our state. The company’s investment and new jobs represent increased opportunities for Oconee County and reinforce that South Carolina is a place where businesses can prosper.”

-Gov. Henry McMaster

“With advanced energy being an essential part of economic growth, we are pleased to have part of the Clarios network in our state. This expansion demonstrates that South Carolina’s companies are working to meet the demands of an evolving market.”

-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Clarios has been an outstanding neighbor and good corporate citizen in Oconee County. We are pleased they have decided to reaffirm their commitment to Oconee and the State of South Carolina by announcing a multimillion-dollar expansion here. The expansion is a further testament that with the excellent work ethic of our citizens, our outstanding business environment, and our area’s amazing beauty and quality of life that Oconee County is a great place to live and work.”

-Senate President Thomas C. Alexander

“Oconee County is thrilled and appreciates Clarios’ commitment to grow their West Union operation. Clarios is one of Oconee’s leading manufacturers, and the expansion represents the outstanding business climate and manufacturing workforce our community affords advanced manufacturers. The project is the latest example of Oconee County being a top shelf for business location.”

-Oconee Economic Alliance President Jamie Gilbert


About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit

About Clarios

Clarios is the global leader in advanced, low-voltage battery technologies for mobility. We power progress through ever-smarter solutions for virtually every kind of vehicle. With 16,000 employees in over 100 countries, we bring deep expertise to our Aftermarket and OEM partners, and reliability, safety and comfort to everyday lives. We answer to the planet with a rigorous ESG focus – advancing best-in-class sustainability practices and advocating for them across our industry. Clarios is committed to sustainability and operational excellence. We work to ensure up to 99% of battery materials are recovered, recycled and reused. Clarios is a Brookfield portfolio company.